You can use the vdmadmin command line interface to perform a variety of administration tasks on a View Connection Server instance.

You can use vdmadmin to perform administration tasks that are not possible from within the View Administrator user interface or to perform administration tasks that need to run automatically from scripts.

For a comparison of the operations that are possible in View Administrator, View cmdlets, and vdmadmin, see the VMware Horizon View Integration document.

The syntax of the vdmadmin command controls its operation.

You can use the vdmadmin command with the -A option to configure logging by View Agent.

You can use the vdmadmin command with the -A option to override the IP address reported by a View Agent.

You can use the vdmadmin command with the -C option to set the name of a View Connection Server group. The Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) console displays this name to help you identify the group within SCOM.

You can use the vdmadmin command with the -F option to update the foreign security principals (FSPs) of Windows users in Active Directory who are authorized to use a desktop.

You can use the vdmadmin command -H to list the existing health monitors, to monitor instances for View Manager components, and to display the details of a specific health monitor or monitor instance.

You can use the vdmadmin command with the -I option to list the available reports of View Manager operation and to display the results of running one of these reports.

You can use the vdmadmin command with the -I option to record View event messages in Syslog format in event log files. Many third-party analytics products require flat-file Syslog data as input for their analytics operations.

You can use the vdmadmin command with the -L option to assign desktops from a dedicated pool to users.

You can use the vdmadmin command with the -M option to display information about the configuration of virtual machines or physical computers.

You can use the vdmadmin command with the -M option to mark a linked-clone virtual machine for disk space reclamation. View directs the ESXi host to reclaim disk space on the linked-clone OS disk without waiting for the unused space on the OS disk to reach the minimum threshold that is specified in View Administrator.

You can use the vdmadmin command with the -N option to control the domains that View Manager makes available to end users.

You can configure domain filters to limit the domains that a View Connection Server instance or security server makes available to end users.

You can use the vdmadmin command with the -O and -P options to display the desktops and policies that are assigned to users who are no longer entitled to use the system.

You can use the vdmadmin command with the -Q option to set defaults and create accounts for clients in kiosk mode, to enable authentication for these clients, and to display information about their configuration.

You can use the vdmadmin command with the -R option to find out the initial assignment of a managed desktop. For example, in the event of the loss of LDAP data, you might need this information so that you can reassign desktops to users.

You can use the vdmadmin command with the -S option to remove the entry for a View Connection Server instance or security server from the View Manager configuration.

You can use the vdmadmin command with the -T option to set the split limit for publishing View Transfer Server packages. You might want to specify a split limit if you use a proxy cache that defines a maximum object size for its cache.

You can use the vdmadmin command with the -U option to display detailed information about users.

View secures the virtual machine of a local desktop by encrypting its base image. If you are not able to power on or check in the local desktop, you can use the vdmadmin command with the -V option to decrypt the virtual machine so that you can recover data from it.

When a local mode operation such as a check-out, check-in, or replication is performed, View validates that the View desktop's virtual machine in vCenter Server was not modified since the last synchronization with the local View desktop. If a virtual machine disk in vCenter Server was modified, and the disk is not the same as the local desktop version, you can use the vdmadmin command with the -V option to preserve data on the local desktop and vCenter Server virtual machine and ensure that both versions are synchronized.

You can use the vdmadmin command with the -V option to unlock or lock virtual machines in the datacenter.

You can use the vdmadmin command with the -X option to detect and resolve colliding LDAP entries on replicated View Connection Server instances in a group.